Intellectual Property

  • October 29, 2004

    Fuji Loses Lawsuit Over Digital Camera Patents

    A small intellectual property consulting firm in Michigan has won a $3 million judgment against Fuji Photo Film Co. over digital-camera patents, just weeks after the company won $35 million from Canon in a dispute over the same patents.

  • October 28, 2004

    USPTO Grants Trade Dress Protection To Classic Furniture Designs

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted trade dress protection to the Knoll furniture company for replicas of classic modern furniture, including signature pieces such as Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona chair.

  • October 26, 2004

    Canadian Branded Drug Makers Miss R&D Target

    Canadian branded drug makers are spending less on research and development than they pledged to under a deal to get passage of stricter patent laws more than a decade ago, a new survey has found.

  • October 26, 2004

    Microsoft Lawyers Face Japanese Antitrust Panel In Dispute Over Patent Non-Assertion Clause

    Microsoft lawyers have told a panel of the Japanese Fair Trade Commission that the software maker has dropped a provision in its licensing agreement that bars competitors from filing patent infringement lawsuits against the company, but argued that the clause is proper and widely accepted.

  • October 26, 2004

    Foundry To Pay $35M To Settle Nortel Patent Dispute

    California-based computer equipment maker Foundry Networks has agreed to pay $35 million as part of a four-year licensing deal with Canadian rival Nortel Networks to settle the patent litigation between the two companies.

  • October 26, 2004

    Setback For Lexmark In Closely Watched DMCA Case

    In a decision with wide implications for interpretations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a federal appeals court has vacated an injunction that barred Static Control Components from making or selling computer chips that match remanufactured toner cartridges to Lexmark International printers.

  • October 25, 2004

    Agilent Expands Patent Suit Vs. PixArt Over Optical-Mouse Sensors

    A federal court has granted Agilent Technologies Inc’s motion to add two patents to the pending patent infringement lawsuit against PixArt Imaging Inc. over its optical mouse sensor technology.

  • October 25, 2004

    Trial Opens In Australian Music Copyright Suit

    A Sydney court has begun hearing oral arguments in what the music industry calls a “landmark lawsuit” against “one of the world’s largest copyright infringers.”

  • October 25, 2004

    Electronic Check Patent Suit Scheduled For April 2006 Trial

    Canadian payment processor LML Patent Corp.’s patent infringement lawsuit against four rivals over systems that convert paper checks into electronic transactions has been scheduled for an April 2006 trial, the company said.

  • October 26, 2004

    Swiss Activists Form Coalition To Oppose Proposed Patent Law Revisions

    More than 30 Swiss activist groups have formed a coalition to oppose the government’s planned revision of the country’s patent laws.

  • October 25, 2004

    Bayer Takes License For Homocysteine Assay

    A unit of drug maker Bayer Group has agreed to take a license for a technology covering homocysteine assays, following Competitive Technologies’ victory in its five-year patent infringement lawsuit against LabCorp over the same technology.

  • October 25, 2004

    India Government Unveils Details Of Patent Regime Overhaul

    The government panel in charge of drafting the legal overhaul of India’s patent system has wrapped up its work, making recommendations on contentious issues such as patent opposition and compulsory licensing.

  • October 25, 2004

    Japan Bill Would Clear Way For IP Securitization

    Japan will allow the securitization of intellectual property and support an insurance scheme for exports of intellectual property under a government proposal submitted to the Diet.

  • October 25, 2004

    Expedia Settles Trademark Suit Vs. U.K. Firm

    Online travel service Expedia, Inc. has settled its trademark dispute proceedings against Expedia Services Limited, a professional services firm in the U.K.

  • October 22, 2004

    Genentech Loses Appeal Of $500M Royalties Verdict

    A California appeals court has upheld more than $500 million in damages against biotech company Genentech in a dispute over royalties on human insulin and human growth hormone developed in part by the City of Hope National Medical Center.

  • October 22, 2004

    U.S. Constitution Bars Canadian Drug Imports, Research Paper Argues

    Lost in the debate between U.S. President George W. Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry over the reimportation of prescription drugs from Canada are constitutional restraints protecting patent holders, according to a new research paper.

  • October 22, 2004

    Enzo Expected To Net "Hundreds Of Millions" In Royalties From Digene Settlement

    Enzo Life Sciences’ settlement of its patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Digene Corp. is expected to net the medical device maker several hundred million dollars, according to Enzo’s attorneys.

  • October 21, 2004

    Germany To Oppose E.U. Software Patent Proposal

    In a development that could spell trouble for the European Union’s controversial plans for the introduction of software patents, Germany’s four largest political parties have agreed to demand changes to a proposal that would allow widespread patenting of computer programs.

  • October 21, 2004

    Ampex Files ITC Complaint, Federal Lawsuit Vs. Kodak Unit Over Digital Camera Patents

    U.S. visual information technology company Ampex Corp. has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against Eastman Kodak Co. and a Japanese subsidiary for alleged infringement of a patented digital camera technology.

  • October 21, 2004

    Liz Claiborne Settles Texas Trademark Suit Over Counterfeits

    Fashion retailer Liz Claiborne Inc. has settled a trademark infringement lawsuit against Texas-based closeout retailer Tuesday Morning Corp. over alleged sales of counterfeit jewelry.